“Game of Thrones” ends on Sunday, but HBO still has ample to put forward the rest of the year. The hit fantasy series has been HBO’s major show through the span of its eight seasons and the final season has been a ratings hit. The top cable network is building up a prequel series, but meanwhile, audiences shouldn’t essentially quit HBO.
The second season of its Emmy-winning and star-studded drama, “Big Little Lies,” premieres next month, and its first superhero series, “Watchmen,” comes later this year from “Lost” and “The Leftovers” cocreator Damon Lindelof.
HBO is going through an unstable phase as “Game of Thrones” ends. Former HBO CEO Richard Plepler resigned earlier this year, as did numerous other executives. After AT&T bought Time Warner last year, it promised big changes for the network to compete with Netflix.
HBO has always been well-known for the excellence of its Sunday-night programming — from “The Wire” to “The Sopranos” — but AT&T wants to tap more content, with plans to introduce two hours of prime-time original programming on Monday nights along with Sundays.
Beyond “Game of Thrones,” HBO is hoping its forthcoming program can please audiences. Below are seven that we’re most looking forward to.
Release date: June 9
Description: “Based on Liane Moriarty’s bestselling book, and featuring Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, and Shailene Woodley, this darkly comedic series tells the tale of three mothers whose seemingly perfect lives unravel to the point of murder.”
“Euphoria” Season 1
Release date: June 16
Description: “Following a group of high school students as they navigate love and friendships in a world of drugs, sex, trauma and social media, the series will be executive produced by Drake, along with manager Future the Prince.
The ensemble cast includes: actor and singer Zendaya, Maude Apatow (Girls), Angus Cloud, Eric Dane, Alexa Demie, Jacob Elordi, Barbie Ferreira, Nika King, Storm Reid, Hunter Schafer, Algee Smith and Sydney Sweeney (Sharp Objects).”
“Years and Years” Season 1
Release date: June 24
Description: “YEARS AND YEARS follows the members of one family as their complex lives converge on one crucial night in 2019, when Britain is rocked by political, economic and technological advances.
Rory Kinnear, Russell Tovey, Jessica Hynes, Ruth Madeley and Anne Reid star, along with Emma Thompson, who plays an outspoken celebrity turned political figure whose controversial opinions divide the nation.”
Release date: This fall
Description: “From Damon Lindelof and set in an alternate history where ‘superheroes’ are treated as outlaws, this drama series embraces the nostalgia of the original groundbreaking graphic novel of the same name while attempting to break new ground of its own.
The cast includes Regina King, Jeremy Irons, Don Johnson, Jean Smart, Tim Blake Nelson, Louis Gossett Jr., Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Hong Chau, Andrew Howard, Tom Mison, Frances Fisher, Jacob Ming-Trent, Sara Vickers, Dylan Schombing, and James Wolk.”
“His Dark Materials” Season 1
Release date: This fall
Description: “Author Philip Pullman’s beloved trilogy, Northern Lights, The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass, has been given a two season order from the BBC, with HBO picking up the worldwide rights. The first season follows Lyra (Dafne Keen), a seemingly ordinary but brave young woman from another world.
Lyra’s search for a kidnapped friend uncovers a sinister plot involving stolen children, and becomes a quest to understand a mysterious phenomenon called Dust. As she journeys through the worlds, including our own, Lyra meets a determined and courageous boy called Will. Together they encounter extraordinary beings and dangerous secrets, with the fate of both the living — and the dead — in their hands.”